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The SonRise Project
59 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
How To Heal After Trauma and Loss
Creator of the SonRise Project, Kelli Richardson Lawson, introduces Beverly Kearney better known as "Coach Bev.” She’s an author, speaker and has a passion for coaching individuals to achieve their greatest successes. Among her many accolades, Bev is also mother to Imani Sparks. Bev adopted Imani after her mother died in a tragic car accident. The same one that left Bev injured and unable to walk for a significant period of time. In this podcast, Bev and Imani talk about weathering the storms of grief and loss together. The ups and downs of parenting through trauma and the subsequent mental health challenges Imani suffered as a teen and young adult. Bev bravely decided to let Imani forge her own path with respect and love while also allowing her room to grow. Both Bev and Imani are living examples that greatness is possible when we overcome the obstacles we face.
51 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
An Intimate Conversation with Actress Jenifer Lewis
SonRise Project creator Kelli Richardson Lawson welcomes acclaimed actress and comedian, Jenifer Lewis. Renowned for her hilarious portrayal of Ruby Johnson in the hit show Black-ish, Jenifer is also an activist and author of two books, including The Mother of Black Hollywood. With honesty and a razor-sharp wit, Jenifer shares her journey to mental wellness. She talks about her recovery from bipolar disorder and addiction. Jenifer also touches on how to deal with the highs and lows of depression, managing medication and the importance of finding trusted mental health professionals. Jenifer also answers questions from listeners on a range of topics including how to help our children who struggle with mental wellness issues, learning to love oneself and healing from the past.
59 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Don't Give Your Kids The Silver Platter Life
Marriage and Family Therapist, Carter Drew talks about what he calls The SilverPlatter Life. He describes it as what parents do to ensure their kids have the very best of everything, positioning them to be "Instagram Ready" at all times. Behind the scenes, the reality may look very different than the public image we project. Our children may be struggling with addiction or mental wellness issues. What happens when the "Silver Platter" starts to tarnish? Carter Drew shares strategies and insights into handling conflict and disappointment. He encourages parents to grow as we facilitate healthy development in our sons and daughters which includes solid character, independence, resilience and a high level of personal accountability.
55 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Recognizing Signs of Anxiety
In this SonRise Project episode, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces therapist Danielle Boucree who is also a clinical social worker with a specialty in family therapy. She says anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the United States. Sadly, only one third of those affected realize what's happening, take steps to find treatment and report it to their doctors early. Danielle says anxiety also affects our children. While it's widely understood that adolescence is a stressful time for most teens, there's a significant difference between average teen stress and anxiety. Anxiety is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by stress. It doesn't go away once the threat is mediated. It hangs around for the long haul and gets in the way of our children's normal functioning at school, work, with friends or even in their activities. Danielle Boucree leads listeners through an honest discussion on anxiety, what it is and how we can identify it in our sons and daughters.
54 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Navigating Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
In this SonRise Project episode, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Marie Smith-East, who is a board certified psychiatric, mental health nurse practitioner and nurse scientist. Dr. Smith-East says recognizing when your teen or young adult may need help with mental health and substance-abuse can be incredibly overwhelming. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, it is possible to navigate what many experience as a complicated system. She counsels parents to persevere in finding providers that are a good fit for their child. She insists there is hope and to not give up. With knowledge and wisdom, Dr. Smith-East also encourages education so parents can be strong advocates for their children.
53 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Raising Boys to Men
In this episode of The SonRise Project, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Kendell Jasper, a clinical psychologist, and his brother Kainon Jasper, who together are known as The Doc-N-da-Dude. They bring an honest, common sense, comedic and most importantly real-life clinical approach to addressing young men of color entering adulthood. They share their experience ranging from clinical and sports psychology, marketing, engineering and the authenticity of street psychology. Having grown up in what they describe as a challenged neighborhood, Kendell and Kainon also address issues of racism, oppression and discerning one’s true self versus the assimilated self. They also share ideas on the importance of helping teens navigate peer pressure, social media and the necessity of finding strong role models.
54 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Inner Fitness and Learning to Live with Loved Ones Who Face Addiction
In this episode, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Tina Lifford, a critically acclaimed actress, known for her role as Aunt Vi on OWN’s Queen Sugar. Tina is also author of The Little Book of Big Lies and CEO and creator of the Inner Fitness Project. Tina shares her own hard-won wisdom about the importance of maintaining our inner fitness, which often takes a backseat to our physical fitness. She says it's the inner self we must learn to care for - those mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves. Tina says there are actionable ways we can care for the inner self and feel the benefits almost immediately. When dealing with a family or friend who suffers from addiction, Tina urges listeners to tend to themselves first, so you have the reserves necessary to help others.
62 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Relationship Begins With Self
In this episode, SonRise creator, Kelli Lawson, introduces Spirit, a licensed psychotherapist, media personality, host of Love Goals on OWN, forensic evaluator, wife and mother of seven children. Spirit says so many of us struggle with painful and often unfulfilling relationships with those we love. She says what we need to understand is that these relationships act as a mirror and are a reflection of the way we feel about ourselves. Spirit explains we often get stuck in the belief that life is something that is happening to us. She says what’s actually true - is everything we think and feel drives the way we show up in our lives. If we want change, then we must shift our relationship with ourselves. You can subscribe to The SonRise Project on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever podcasts are available.
58 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
A Black Father’s Journey
The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson, introduces her husband, Keith Lawson. A dedicated father and 30-year veteran in the TV and Music industries, Keith shares his perspective on the challenges of raising two black sons in America today. Like so many others, he struggles with protecting his sons in a conflicted world, while also trying to give them space to find themselves. A little over three years ago, his oldest son had a near fatal mental health crisis. Keith shares his experience, strength and hope about the family’s road to recovery… which he says is still a work in progress.
46 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Parenting Through Trauma
The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson, introduces Life Coach Sharon Green, founder of Bloomtree Coaching and Consulting. Sharon discusses the effects of trauma on children and the action parents can take to assist them.
56 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Letting Go of Expectations for Your Child
The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces master coach, author and founder of Aiming High Inc., Sylvia High. Sylvia says we all have a vision for what our lives should be, including expectations about our children. When our plans don’t unfold the way we think they should, we often suffer a sense of failure, loss and deep emotional pain. Especially when we’re dealing with the people most precious to us… our children.
50 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Child
The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Linda McGhee, a clinical psychologist, specializing in adolescents and assessments for learning differences. In this episode, Dr. McGhee shares her expertise about what parents can do to help their children struggling with mental wellness issues.
1 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
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